Research week 1: getting started!

Summer research has officially started! This week was spent getting things set up. We unpacked lab supplies and started working with cultures of our organisms – both the dermatophtyes and C. elegans, our worms. We also learned to use a giant pressure cooker called an autoclave and then used it to sterilize supplies and media. And perhaps most importantly, my students are getting a crash course on how to learn a new field. An important aspect of starting any new project is becoming up-to-date on what’s going on, so we’re leaving plenty of time for literature searches, reading papers, and discussions.

The Achterman lab. From left: Justin, Tony, Steven, Me.

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